Switzerland: Zug residents receive fake letters telling them to quarantine

Residents of the central Swiss canton of Zug have been sent forged letters, informing them that they must quarantine. Cantonal authorities have warned the population that such directions would not be carried out via mail.

Switzerland: Zug residents receive fake letters telling them to quarantine
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Authorities in Zug have also warned the population about a fake quarantine scam in the canton.

People resident in Zug have received fake letters informing them that they need to quarantine.

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Officials told Swiss media that nobody in the canton will be contacted by letter, with email or phone contact preferred.

“In the last few months we have been able to reach everyone by phone or e-mail and have not sent a single letter,” a spokesperson wrote in a media release.

“Several Zug residents have reported to the health department in the last few days because they were informed by letter about an ordered quarantine.”

Zug residents are encouraged to contact authorities if they have received a quarantine letter.

Anyone who has received such a letter should contact the Corona information centre (041 728 39 09 / [email protected]).

GPs can now vaccinate in Zug

Since March 9th, 2021, family doctors/general practitioners (Hausärzte) in the canton of Zug will be able to administer coronavirus vaccines.

The change is part of a pilot program to encourage more vaccination points in the canton, reports Switzerland’s Lucerne Zeitung newspaper.

Eleven GP offices throughout the canton are now equipped to start vaccinations.

Authorities have reminded the population to register so that they can be contacted to make a vaccination appointment – and not to contact the GPs directly.

“The doctor’s offices actively offer patients for a vaccination, contact by people willing to be vaccinated is not necessary.” 

Also effective March 9th, Zug has expanded the scope of who can access the vaccine, with jabs now available to people between the ages of 65 and 74.

Zug Health Director Martin Pfister said in a statement the canton was doing its best to ensure widespread vaccinations despite a supply issue.

“We are happy to be able to extend the vaccination to the next population group despite the continued shortage of vaccine availability. It is another important step in the fight against pandemics.”

More than 18,000 people have been vaccinated in Zug, which equates to roughly 15 percent of the population.

Switzerland as a whole has now vaccinated 1.2 million people, or roughly 14 percent of the population.

You can register to have the vaccine in Zug here.

Registering for the vaccine in every other Swiss canton can be done at the following link.

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Covid face mask rule on flights in Europe set to be eased

The mandatory EU-wide mask requirement for air travel is set to be dropped from Monday, May 16th, but airlines may still require passengers to wear masks on some or all flights

Covid face mask rule on flights in Europe set to be eased

Europe-wide facemask rules on flights are set to be ditched as early as next week in light of new recommendations from health and air safety experts.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) dropped recommendations for mandatory mask-wearing in airports and during flights in updated Covid-19 safety measures for travel issued on Wednesday, May 11th.

The new rules are expected to be rolled out from Monday, May 16th, but airlines may still continue to require the wearing of masks on some or all of flights. And the updated health safety measures still say that wearing a face mask remains one of the best ways to protect against the transmission of the virus.

The joint EASA/ECDC statement reminded travellers that masks may still be required on flights to destinations in certain countries that still require the wearing of masks on public transport and in transport hubs.

It also recommends that vulnerable passengers should continue to wear a face mask regardless of the rules, ideally an FFP2/N95/KN95 type mask which offers a higher level of protection than a standard surgical mask.

“From next week, face masks will no longer need to be mandatory in air travel in all cases, broadly aligning with the changing requirements of national authorities across Europe for public transport,” EASA executive director Patrick Ky said in the statement. 

“For passengers and air crews, this is a big step forward in the normalisation of air travel. Passengers should however behave responsibly and respect the choices of others around them. And a passenger who is coughing and sneezing should strongly consider wearing a face mask, for the reassurance of those seated nearby.”  

ECDC director Andrea Ammon added: “The development and continuous updates to the Aviation Health Safety Protocol in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic have given travellers and aviation personnel better knowledge of the risks of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and its variants. 

“While risks do remain, we have seen that non-pharmaceutical interventions and vaccines have allowed our lives to begin to return to normal. 

“While mandatory mask-wearing in all situations is no longer recommended, it is important to be mindful that together with physical distancing and good hand hygiene it is one of the best methods of reducing transmission. 

“The rules and requirements of departure and destination states should be respected and applied consistently, and travel operators should take care to inform passengers of any required measures in a timely manner.”